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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone having surgery to get pacemaker

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to have surgery to get a pacemaker, the team announced Wednesday.

Boone, 47, who had open-heart surgery in 2009, said in a statement that he’s had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath over the past six to eight weeks. He said further tests in New York prior to spring training indicated he had a low heart rate, necessitating the surgery, which will be performed Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high,” Boone said in a statement released by the team. “I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here. ... They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2021 at 03:25 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 03, 2021 at 03:53 PM (#6007480)
Whoa. I didn't know that about the open heart surgery in 2009 either. ####, 36 for open-heart surgery? Here's hoping he's ok.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 03, 2021 at 07:00 PM (#6007535)
Best wishes to Mr. Boone. My aunt has a pacemaker and the technology is pretty remarkable (you can collect data from the pacemaker using your smartphone and upload it to your doctor so that they can monitor the pacemaker for any issues). You still have to have surgery to get the battery replaced every 5 years but otherwise it's a pretty low-maintenance thing, at least for her.
   3. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: March 03, 2021 at 10:08 PM (#6007564)
Boone's a savage in the operating room.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: March 04, 2021 at 08:45 AM (#6007595)
This is payback for all the Red Sox hearts he broke in '03!

Seriously, Aaron, get well soon.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: March 04, 2021 at 09:22 AM (#6007601)
Eek. I'm turning 53 this weekend, so to see a 47-year-old having heart surgery for a second time chills me.
   6. Itchy Row Posted: March 04, 2021 at 10:37 AM (#6007614)
I saw a "Yankees Boone to get pacemaker" headline somewhere and thought it was nice that Bob Boone had gotten a job with his son's team, since Aaron Boone is too young for a pacemaker. I went to college with Aaron Boone.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 04, 2021 at 11:08 AM (#6007618)
We had a guy in our fantasy baseball league my age - early 40s - he said he had to lie down one day and never woke up. I have a friend of a friend whose husband died in his sleep in his early 40s. My neighbor's wife suddenly collapsed and died at age 40. It scares the hell out of me now. I've had bad heartburn during the last few weeks and I keep freaking out its a heart attack.

So yea, I bought an exercise bike.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 04, 2021 at 11:11 AM (#6007619)
So yea, I bought an exercise bike.

Regular doctor's visits are even more important. If you don't get a physical every year with a full blood workup, you're asking for trouble. They can do amazing stuff these days, mostly just with meds, you just have give them the chance.
   9. bunyon Posted: March 04, 2021 at 11:25 AM (#6007620)
It's still unusual for a 40 something to have a serious heart problem.

Just not as unusual as for a 30 something.

50s? The curve starts to climb significantly. Heart attacks in your 50s aren't weird at all. Society has this idea that 50 year olds aren't "old" and, I guess, they're not. But they ain't young either. As snapper says, if you have access and aren't seeing a doctor regularly, you're asking for it.
   10. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: March 04, 2021 at 11:28 AM (#6007621)
A few years ago my regular doctor gently suggested to me that maybe I could just get a checkup every other year. I am really really healthy (lucky, I won the genetic health lottery & I exercise regularly). Even so, I am in my mid-50s now and really need to start going every year again. I am kind of holding off right now because of the pandemic. Just staying away from people. Once I have the chance to get vaccinated though...
   11. puck Posted: March 04, 2021 at 02:32 PM (#6007657)
Best wishes to Mr. Boone. My aunt has a pacemaker and the technology is pretty remarkable


Maybe just keep your iPhone12 away from certain models of pacemaker.
   12. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: March 04, 2021 at 05:26 PM (#6007684)
A doctor relative had an accident a couple years ago, not quite at near-death level, but close. She was about 52 at the time. As she said afterward, "I lay in the bed and realized that if you die in your 40s it's a tragedy. In your 50s it's just sad."
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 04, 2021 at 08:27 PM (#6007701)
A doctor relative had an accident a couple years ago, not quite at near-death level, but close. She was about 52 at the time. As she said afterward, "I lay in the bed and realized that if you die in your 40s it's a tragedy. In your 50s it's just sad."

Every death is both tragic, and a mere statistic.

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